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Master of Laws (LL.M.) (60 credits) in International Commercial Arbitration

  • 60 credits

For more than a decade Stockholm University has offered a unique programme in International Commercial Arbitration Law that has achieved top rankings in global studies of LLM programs.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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Stockholm, both the city and the university, is internationally recognised as a leader in the field of arbitration. The rich environment provides opportunities for students experienced practitioners, respected arbitrators, and visiting scholars during their time in the International Commercial Arbitration Masters.

Alumnae from the programme work all over the world in a broad range of legal fields, serving as counsel in leading law firms and arbitral institutions, as government advisors, as researchers and Ph.D. candidates, as lecturers and professors, as secretaries to arbitral tribunals and as in-house counsel.

Hands-on, dynamic learning

In the ICAL programme, students actively put theory into practice. The dynamic learning environment encourages students to apply the theories they’ve learnt through hands-on problem solving, surrounded by students from a broad range of backgrounds and using a a wide array of scholarly and comparative perspectives.
The learning continues outside of the classroom, through visits to conferences and arbitration institutes and also through extra activities like the highly successful moot team.

Applying knowledge through mock arbitrations and final theses

Throughout ICAL, students hone their skills in presentation, research, and writing, leading to two major projects – a complete mock arbitration and a master’s thesis. The mock arbitration follows the process from beginning to end – filing the request and other submissions, collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, holding hearings and issuing a final award. The thesis hones scholarly skills, which some students have used to launch academic careers.


  • Programme overview


    International Commercial Arbitration is a one-year programme that consists of three courses. The first course builds on the general legal knowledge students gained in their law degree. It does this by developing the students’ knowledge of methodology and progressively deepening the students’ knowledge of international commercial arbitration law.

    The other two courses run concurrently during the spring term. During the advanced course students deepen their understanding of theory and methodology in international arbitration law, as well further develop the ability to conduct and to critically evaluate research in this field of law. Additionally, students study into complex theoretical issues and problems with a focus on legal developments and the controversial topics in international arbitration.

    During the master thesis course, the students prepare, plan and implement the written thesis. Additionally, the students will actively participate in an on-going thesis seminar series, which supplements their independent thesis work. The seminar series addresses significant aspects of preparing and completing a major thesis.


    Year 1


    The Master programme consists of the following courses:

    The courses content, scope, teaching and examination methods are described in the respective courses’ syllabus.


  • How to apply

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    International LL.M. Studies